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Consigli Construction Joins Mayor Walsh and Autodesk Officials to Cut the Ribbon on $20 Million BUILD Space in Boston’s Seaport

BOSTON, MA – Consigli Construction joined Mayor Martin J. Walsh and officials from Autodesk to celebrate the grand opening of a brand new $20 million Building Innovation Laboratory and Design (BUILD) space in Boston’s thriving seaport and Innovation District.

“Autodesk, which prides itself on producing cutting edge construction technology, is a perfect fit for Boston’s burgeoning seaport and Innovation District,” said President Matthew Consigli. “This facility is truly one-of-a-kind in Boston and we were proud to lead its construction. The innovation that will take place here is representative of the bright future that Autodesk and Boston will enjoy together and could not have happened without Mayor Walsh’s support.”

Autodesk, a leading 3D design software firm for the architecture, engineering and construction industry, relocated their East Coast headquarters from Waltham to Boston. The new space includes leading-edge office design on the third and sixth floors and a BUILD space on the first and second floors that provides an environment to explore fabrication techniques as well as construction and design methods of the future using cutting-edge digital technology.

The BUILD space includes robots, laser cutters, 5-axis routing machines, 3D printers, as well as a gantry crane that allows researchers and startup companies to explore the next generation of the building industry.

Aesthetically compelling, digitally-fabricated elements are highly visible to pedestrians at the street level and a glass-enclosed stair provides a way for the public to engage with the spaces. A separate kiosk is also located at the promenade area outside of Autodesk’s space for further displays and demonstrations.

True to its collaborative end-use, the project was conducted through an Integrated Project Delivery method in which our team worked with the design team, key subcontractors and the Autodesk client team to define project details such as scope, budget, schedule and methods of communication in a team environment.